Char­ac­ter comes to fore as Millers ride their luck

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

ROTHER­HAM UNITED man­ager Paul Warne hailed his team’s char­ac­ter as they bat­tled back to beat a su­pe­rior Swansea City side.

Oliver McBurnie had given the vis­i­tors a first-half lead af­ter he tucked home a cross from the lively Daniel James.

How­ever, on-loan mid­fielder Ryan Man­ning net­ted his third and fourth penal­ties of the sea­son to turn the game on its head, with Warne ad­mit­ting for­tune had also been on their side.

“At 1-0 you are still in it,” he said. “It could have gone three or four nil.

“I thought we were com­pletely out­played in the first half es­pe­cially. In fair­ness to the fans, I ap­pre­ci­ate that we didn’t get booed off at half-time. Some­times you just have to hold your hands up.

“It says more about our char­ac­ter than it does our per­for­mance. Thanks to Lady Luck we’ve come out with a win but it sums up the char­ac­ter in the dress­ing room.

“We tried but we were just up against a very good team. It was a real foot­ball les­son. We can take the les­son and be really pleased with the three points.”

Man­ning was brought on at the break and proved to be the match win­ner as he kept his com­po­sure to twice beat Kristof­fer Nord­feldt.

Ref­eree Tony Har­ring­ton first pointed to the spot af­ter Nord­feldt tan­gled with Jamie Proc­tor, and then again when Leroy Fer was ad­judged to have blocked Will Vaulks’s wild ef­fort with his hand.

And al­though Warne felt the first penalty was harsh, he in­sisted the sec­ond was de­served.

“I’ve got no sym­pa­thy for the sec­ond one. He’s got to be brave and take one in the face,” said the Rother­ham boss.

“Ryan is do­ing al­right on penal­ties. It shows how good he is on them and how con­fi­dent he is. It’s for­tu­nate he was on the pitch when we got the penal­ties.”

De­feat was hard to take for Swansea boss Gra­ham Pot­ter, who felt his side were the more de­serv­ing but be­moaned their lack of killer in­stinct.

He said: “When­ever it’s 1-0 you leave your­self open to any­thing. We weren’t as clin­i­cal as I would have liked. We re­stricted them to pretty much noth­ing but if you don’t score the sec­ond goal, any­thing can hap­pen.

“Ul­ti­mately you need to score goals. They scored two but we scored one. The re­sult is im­por­tant but you also have to have a way of play­ing over the course of a sea­son and that’s the thing for us. We are suf­fer­ing be­cause we put a lot into the game.

“When you look at the game in its en­tirety we had enough chances to get the sec­ond goal.”

Pot­ter felt both penal­ties were harsh.

He added: “I haven’t seen them back. With the first one the boy’s off­side to start with. There didn’t look too much to it.

“The sec­ond one I can see why the ref­eree has given it. Leroy had to re­act be­cause it was hit so hard and close to Leroy. He pro­tected his face.

“It’s a learn­ing point. Life’s not fair. I’ve said to the play­ers not to feel sorry for them­selves. They need to learn to put teams to bed and be clin­i­cal.”

PIC­TURE: DEAN ATKINS.

DOU­BLE DE­LIGHT: Ryan M<an­ning was on hand to seal three points for Rother­ham with two penal­ties.

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